Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond says his office is dealing with an increased amount of complaints about people stealing, altering or destroying political signs and advertising in this very divided and contentious election year.

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The Sheriff reminds the public that messing with political signage is a crime and violators are subject to criminal prosecution. 

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At the very least, tampering with signs on private property can carry a penalty of a fine but, in some instances, removal, altering or defacing a political sign can be a felony offense. 

DuMond points out that many property owners these days have video surveillance systems, trail cameras and other devices that can record trespassers and other criminal activity.